Mountains are used quite often to describe enormous tasks in life. In fact, the name of my company, Mountain Health Management, comes directly from that analogy. Mountains have been used in songs and quotes and speeches for years and I have often wondered about the continuous reference. As I thought back on my own journey and the “mountain” that I overcame, I stumbled across a bible verse in Isaiah.
“I will go before you and will level the mountains. I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” (Isa. 45:2-3)
Now, God is saying here that He will level your mountains so that you may know He is Lord. For His glory. So how does that apply our lives, and our struggles? Well, I know that God placed me in the situation I was in back in 2008 so that I could clearly see my own mountain. Once it was clear, he strengthened me to overcome it. Now, he has empowered me with a voice and a channel to share a message of health and balance, for his glory. It all comes full circle. What is your mountain?
So, back to man’s constant reference to these “mountains” when dealing with struggles and big moments in our lives. My dad, who is always finding ways to pour into my life, brought another quote to me a few days ago that I had never heard.
William Blake said, “Great things are done when men and mountains meet.”
As a culture; and by culture I mean every human, regardless of gender, race, color, or ethnic background, is constantly striving for greatness. Whether it be in business, family, fitness, etc., we all want to be great. However, a small percentage ever achieve greatness. I believe this is because we aren’t focused on the appropriate things. We get caught up in the negative, the pain, the sacrifice, the struggle, and settle on mediocrity. All of those things are part of the mountain, but our focus should lie on the result of conquering that mountain. The greatness to be achieved, not the struggles along the way.
There are countless examples of mountainous moments in our lives. For the sake of consistency, I will choose health and fitness.(shocker!) If losing weight is your goal and right now you are standing at the bottom of that mountain and staring up at all the difficulties ahead then congratulations, you are human. BUT if you can manage to accept those challenges as a necessary evil and understand that they were put there for your own good, to make you stronger, and can then focus on the glories at the top of your mountain, there inlies your motivation. Greatness only comes through adversity.
Men have an infatuation with mountain analogies because it has been instilled in our hearts to know that they are there. Chances are you already know what your own mountain is. Now all you have to do is realize the greatness to be achieved when you reach the top, and go get it!
Your mountain is waiting…
Have an amazing week!